Joseph Rutherford to [Hannah Rutherford]
I have received yours of the 22d. You think if I would mention some passage in
your letters you would know if I received them. I dont know of any thing better
than the date- which I always mention. If you would keep
a memorandum of yor letters you could then tell readily enough if I receive
them. Some of your letters seem to be a long time coming others come right
along, like the last one I have received. Another thing I answer all of your letters that I receive within 24 hours after receiv-ing
them. I did receive the Stamps and you have my sincere
thanks for them.. I disliked to mark my letters "Soldiers letters", but I had to
quite a number. It seems by
Your letter that you do not know where I am yet. I think you must know by this time. I had heard if Judge Moins death, but I never had heard of the death of his Son.
Patch it are old fool, he dont know Diphtheria from a green bile. It is very evident that Miss Bowman did of acute Phthirio of causing a [ ] of once or more large blood vessels in the lungs. The hemorage from this nose independent of any lung disease was benificial than otherwise. That man does make some of the most absurd blunders I ever knew a man to make who has had the experience he has had.
When is Curnor that Patch and other Doctors come in other so much? Or has he bucked his head against a log till he has lost all his friends? Nell 20 goes the world.
We have been expecting to have a big fight for a number of days but the
dawn has not opened yet, and now it looks very much as though there would be no fight for some time to come. Our troops are about to fall back on Washington for what purpose it is not known, this is confidential. There was never better chances for field operations so far as the weather is concerned as it is now.
I made Capt Bartlett a visit to day and had a good social time with him, he is
looking finely and in good spirits. I cant find Eugene though he is not over 3
or 4 miles from here We have been story by reminded of appre-aching winter by
the very cold nights we have had the last fortnight, but we shall get some hot weather here yet. Our regiment is very healthy, but 25
sick in all. While there are two other regiments that lay along side of us on
the same field whose sick list [ ] up to 63 and
70 respectively, they are under the same atmosphere influence
have the same facilities in every particular to take care of their men and sick that we have, yet there is this differance in our number of sick. There is a cause for this differance but what is it? I am now writing a report for the Surgeon in Chief of the Army on this subject and giving my opinion as regards the causes that are at work to produce this [ ] differance. I will assure you I do not do this from choice. It is a military necessity I have got it nearly finished. It has got to be sent in the 1st of Oct, so you see there is not much time to be lost. You must not feel too proud of your rail Road. My health remains good Give my love to the children and kiss them for me, and accept your share for your dear self
Your Ever affectionate HusbandJ.C. Rutherford